San Jose Dog Bite Lawyers

Over 70% of San Jose households are proud owners of one or more dogs. Such a significant population of dogs residing in one area can result in an increase of dog bite attacks.

If you or someone you know has been attacked by a dog in San Jose, contact The Barnes Firm. Our experienced San Jose dog bite attorneys will work hard to defend your rights and help you get the best result possible. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE consultation.

Should I Hire a Lawyer After a Dog Bite Accident?

At The Barnes Firm, we understand that dog bites can inflict severe physical and emotional damage to a victim and family. After being injured in a dog bite accident, your top priority should be recovery. The Barnes Firm is here to help you do that. While you focus on recovery, the team of attorneys at The Barnes Firm will:

  • Evaluate your case for FREE
  • Investigate the circumstances surrounding your case
  • Compile evidence, including medical records, witness statements, police reports to build your case
  • Answer any questions you may have regarding the status of your case
  • Negotiate with insurance on your behalf
  • Prepare your case for trial, if necessary

If you or a loved one were the victim of a dog attack, don’t hesitate to contact The Barnes Firm at (800) 800-0000 for a FREE case evaluation.

California Dog Bite Laws and Liability

In California, the legal framework surrounding dog bite attacks is governed by a strict liability statute, placing the responsibility on dog owners for any damages or injuries caused by their pets. This holds true regardless of whether the owner was aware of the potential for their dog to bite.

According to the California Civil Code Section 3342, the owner of a dog is legally liable for any harm suffered by an individual who is bitten by the dog while in a public place or lawfully present in a private location. This liability extends beyond the dog’s history of aggression or the owner’s knowledge of such tendencies. Even in cases where the dog did not physically bite the victim but caused injury through an attack, the law still applies.

The strict liability statute in California is designed to prioritize the protection of individuals and ensure that victims of dog bite attacks are compensated for their injuries and damages.

Common Causes of Dog Attacks

Dogs can attack for various reasons and may exhibit behaviors that may lead to these situations. Unfamiliarity and possessiveness are major influencing factors for dog behaviors that lead to attacks. Other causes for dog attacks include:

  • Petting an unfamiliar dog
  • Pet owners not taking responsibility for their dangerous dog
  • Provoking a dog
  • Trespassing on private property or a dog’s territory
  • Dogs running unrestrained or without a leash
  • Interrupting a dog while it is eating

Interactions with dogs, particularly unfamiliar ones, should be approached with caution to prevent potential incidents of biting or aggression. However, dogs can still attack at any time, even if they are familiar with you and have never acted aggressively before. If you have been injured by a dog bite, contact The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000 and speak with our team of attorneys in San Jose who specialize in dog bite injuries and accidents.

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What Injuries Commonly Result from Dog Bites and other Animal Attacks?

Animal attacks can result in serious injuries and infections. If you’ve been attacked by an animal, it’s important to receive immediate medical attention, even if the injuries don’t seem severe or aren’t immediately apparent. Common injuries sustained by victims of dog bites and other animal attacks are:

If you or a loved one have sustained any of these injuries after a dog attack, call The Barnes Firm today at (800) 800-0000.

What To Do After a San Jose Dog Bite Accident

If you’ve been the victim of a dog attack in San Jose, our attorneys recommend taking the following steps to preserve evidence and your rights:

  • Call 9-1-1
  • Seek medical attention
  • Report the attack to San Jose animal control
  • Document the accident scene, including the dog owner’s information, witness statements, and photos and videos from the accident scene.
  • Consult with a San Jose dog bite attorney at The Barnes Firm

What Damages Can I Seek Recovery for Following a Dog Attack?

At The Barnes Firm, we have decades of combined experience and success handling dog bite accident cases. Our San Jose dog bite attorneys can help you recover compensation for the one or more of following damages:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Medical expenses
  • Lost wages
  • Scarring and disfigurement
  • Property damage
  • And more…

The amount of damages you’re able to recover in a dog bite claim depends on the circumstances of your accident case. Navigating the legal process and the complexities surrounding a dog bite accident can be difficult to take on alone. A trusted San Jose dog bite attorney at The Barnes Firm can help you every step of the way. Call us today at (800) 800-0000 and get the help you need and answers to your questions.

Call The Barnes Firm After a Dog Attack

At The Barnes Firm, we believe that every victim of a dog bite attack deserves justice, and our attorneys are here to help. For a free case evaluation, or to have any questions regarding your case answered, call us today at (800) 800-0000. It could be the best call you make.


Our team of experienced dog bite attorneys at The Barnes Firm proudly serve San Jose and surrounding areas: Alameda, Albany, Antioch, Belmont, Benicia, Berkeley, Brentwood, Burlingame, Campbell, Clayton, Concord, Cupertino, Daly City, Danville, Dixon, Dublin, El Cerrito, Emeryville, Fairfield, Foster City, Fremont, Gilroy, Half Moon Bay, Hayward, Hercules, Lafayette, Livermore, Los Altos, Los Gatos, Martinez, Menlo Park, Milpitas, Moraga, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Napa, Newark, Novato, Oakland, Oakley, Pacifica, Palo Alto, Petaluma, Piedmont, Pinole, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, Pleasanton, Redwood City, Richmond, Rohnert Park, San Bruno, San Carlos, San Francisco, San Leandro, San Mateo, San Pablo, San Rafael, San Ramon, Santa Clara, Santa Rosa, Sunnyvale, Union City, Vacaville, Vallejo, Walnut Creek, and more…

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Oakland, CA 94607

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